Andy Roddick on the way to victory over Marinko Matosevic in Brisbane yesterday.
Andy Roddick on the way to victory over Marinko Matosevic in Brisbane yesterday.

Roddick gets off to a flyer at Brisbane

Andy Roddick made an impressive start to his 2011 season yesterday with a straight-sets defeat of Australia's Marinko Matosevic at the Brisbane International.

Roddick, the defending champion at the Queensland event, needed just 72 minutes to secure a 6-3, 6-2 win.

And afterwards the second-seeded American revealed he feels back to full fitness as he continues his build up to the season-opening grand slam tournament in Melbourne in two weeks' time.

He said: "I feel healthy and fit probably for the first time since May last year, so that's a good thing.

"There's nothing I'm trying to cover up, I don't feel short on practice, I don't question the last month that I've put in and that's a first for a little while."

Australia's Bernard Tomic was beaten 6-2, 6-2 by Florian Mayer, the seventh seed, while Germany's Michael Berrer overcame Dudi Sela 1-6, 7-6, 6-2 to set up a potential clash with Robin Soderling, the top seed who plays Ryan Harrison today.

In the women's draw Sam Stosur, the top seed, cruised past qualifier Lucie Hradecka 7-6, 6-1 and Shahar Peer, the second seed, was an equally convincing 6-4, 6-2 victor against Sophie Ferguson.

In New Zealand, Maria Sharapova moved into the second round of the ASB Classic in Auckland after cruising past Italy's Alberta Brianti 6-2, 6-3.

Sharapova, the former world No 1, was simply relieved to have got 2011 off to a winning start and played down the significance of her match being delayed by two hours due to the change of opponent.

"I've been on the tour for many years and, by now, I'm really used to it," she said. "I've often played after the guys at tournaments and been warming up at two sets to none, only to wait around for another three hours.

"That's the way it goes and you just have to be ready."

In the next round Sharapova meets Czech Renata Voracova, who beat Lourdes Dominguez Lino 4-6, 7-6, 6-0.


All matches at the Harare Sports Club
1st ODI, Wed Apr 10
2nd ODI, Fri Apr 12
3rd ODI, Sun Apr 14
4th ODI, Sun Apr 16

UAE squad
Mohammed Naveed (captain), Rohan Mustafa, Ashfaq Ahmed, Shaiman Anwar, Mohammed Usman, CP Rizwan, Chirag Suri, Mohammed Boota, Ghulam Shabber, Sultan Ahmed, Imran Haider, Amir Hayat, Zahoor Khan, Qadeer Ahmed

Zimbabwe squad
Peter Moor (captain), Solomon Mire, Brian Chari, Regis Chakabva, Sean Williams, Timycen Maruma, Sikandar Raza, Donald Tiripano, Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chatara, Chris Mpofu, Craig Ervine, Brandon Mavuta, Ainsley Ndlovu, Tony Munyonga, Elton Chigumbura


Starring: Lupita Nyong'o, Joseph Quinn, Djimon Hounsou

Director: Michael Sarnoski

Rating: 4/5

The five pillars of Islam

1. Fasting

2. Prayer

3. Hajj

4. Shahada

5. Zakat

Five famous companies founded by teens

There are numerous success stories of teen businesses that were created in college dorm rooms and other modest circumstances. Below are some of the most recognisable names in the industry:

  1. Facebook: Mark Zuckerberg and his friends started Facebook when he was a 19-year-old Harvard undergraduate. 
  2. Dell: When Michael Dell was an undergraduate student at Texas University in 1984, he started upgrading computers for profit. He starting working full-time on his business when he was 19. Eventually, his company became the Dell Computer Corporation and then Dell Inc. 
  3. Subway: Fred DeLuca opened the first Subway restaurant when he was 17. In 1965, Mr DeLuca needed extra money for college, so he decided to open his own business. Peter Buck, a family friend, lent him $1,000 and together, they opened Pete’s Super Submarines. A few years later, the company was rebranded and called Subway. 
  4. Mashable: In 2005, Pete Cashmore created Mashable in Scotland when he was a teenager. The site was then a technology blog. Over the next few decades, Mr Cashmore has turned Mashable into a global media company.
  5. Oculus VR: Palmer Luckey founded Oculus VR in June 2012, when he was 19. In August that year, Oculus launched its Kickstarter campaign and raised more than $1 million in three days. Facebook bought Oculus for $2 billion two years later.

Started: 2023
Co-founders: Arto Bendiken and Talal Thabet
Based: Dubai, UAE
Industry: AI
Number of employees: 41
Funding: About $1.7 million
Investors: Self, family and friends






France 4
Griezmann (13' pen), Pavard (57'), Mbappe (64', 68')

Argentina 3
Di Maria (41'), Mercado (48'), Aguero (90+3')

Generational responses to the pandemic

Devesh Mamtani from Century Financial believes the cash-hoarding tendency of each generation is influenced by what stage of the employment cycle they are in. He offers the following insights:

Baby boomers (those born before 1964): Owing to market uncertainty and the need to survive amid competition, many in this generation are looking for options to hoard more cash and increase their overall savings/investments towards risk-free assets.

Generation X (born between 1965 and 1980): Gen X is currently in its prime working years. With their personal and family finances taking a hit, Generation X is looking at multiple options, including taking out short-term loan facilities with competitive interest rates instead of dipping into their savings account.

Millennials (born between 1981 and 1996): This market situation is giving them a valuable lesson about investing early. Many millennials who had previously not saved or invested are looking to start doing so now.

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All We Imagine as Light

Director: Payal Kapadia

Starring: Kani Kusruti, Divya Prabha, Chhaya Kadam

Rating: 4/5


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